GREENCASTLE, Ind. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's track and field team began its 2017 season on Saturday with the indoor portion of the schedule and the first of two meets at DePauw University. The Colonels, traveling to Greencastle with a partial roster, scored 31 points to finish in eighth place at the DePauw Indoor Invitational.
The first points of the season for the Colonels came courtesy of sophomore Annie Rodenfels (Centerville, Ohio), as the All-Regional cross country runner took second place in the 3000m with a time of 10:21.42, breaking the 2014 record set by former conference champion Ashley El Rady by over eight seconds.
Coming off of a record-setting sophomore campaign that saw her win a Southern Athletic Association championship in the high jump, junior Emily Winkler (Louisville, Ky.) began her third season with the Colonels by once again scoring in the high jump, taking third place with a clear of 5-01, or 1.55 meters.
In the pole vault, sophomore Taylor Singleton (Hendersonville, N.C.) scored three points for the Colonels with a sixth place finish, clearing 9-06.25.
Freshman Molly O'Dea (Louisville, Ky.) began her Centre track and field career with an auspicious start, winning her first ever event for the Colonels in taking the triple jump. O'Dea cleared 36-02.00 to take first place in the event, setting a new Centre women's track and field indoor record in the process. O'Dea was also the only freshman in the field to earn points in the triple jump.
The final points of the meet belonged to junior Aja Leachman (Louisville, Ky.), who finished fifth in the weight throw with a distance of 45-05.75, or 13.86 meters. Leachman looks to be one of the top throwers in SAA women's track and field in 2017.
The Colonels will travel back to DePauw for their next meet, this time competing in the DePauw Indoor Classic on Feb. 18.